Following is an excerpt from The Haunting of Nada Prouty:
"Indeed, the portrait drawn by the court documents makes Prouty sound like a character in The Bourne Identity, pursuing real-live terrorists in dangerous missions around the world. Unlike Jack Bauer, and Prouty's critics, she's the real deal -- or was. Now she's sidelined in the Virginia suburbs.
Here are some of the testimonials to her that didn't make it into the 60 Minutes piece.
FBI agent Sarah L. Chervenak spoke up for Prouty in her lawyer's sentencing memorandum (PDF).
Based in the FBI's Washington Field Office, Prouty 'proved her dedication to fighting terrorism on all fronts by traveling to all [corners] of the world in hopes of bringing terrorists to justice and comfort to the families who lost loved ones at the hands of the terrorists she fought,' Chervenak said.
“Nada volunteered readily for assignments in dangerous locations; places other agents did not want to go. Given her Arabic language skills and cultural knowledge, Nada frequently, and willingly, helped the agents on her squad as well as other agents assigned to the WFO," Chervenak said.
There were a dozen accolades like that in the sentencing memorandum (PDF), some of them stunning.
* CIA veteran Joseph Pettinelli called her “one of the finest young officers with whom I had the pleasure of working in recent years.”
* Investigating the USS Cole bombing, Prouty defused a tense standoff between Yemeni guards and Marines, who “had guns pointed at each other, unable to communicate due to the language divide.”
* “Never have I been so impressed by an officer, male or female,” a still-covert CIA officer attested.
* In 1999, she was nominated for female FBI agent of the year.
* “She contributed significantly to the overseas arrest of an international terrorist,” another agent stipulated.
* After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, she spent two months in Pakistan chasing terrorists.
* In Jordan in October 2002, she pursued the assassins of USAID diplomat Lawrence Foley, establishing “that Abu Musab al-Zarkawi, the infamous leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, was behind the slaying.” The top FBI agent there praised her work.
That would be more than enough for a stellar counterterrism career. But in July 2002, she flew into Africa on the trail of the kidnappers of U.S. citizen Brent Swan.
“Ms Prouty traveled repeatedly to the Congo where she arrested the suspect in the kidnapping and returned him to the United States to face justice,” the sentencing memorandum says.
In 2003, she continued to work overseas, even after the government had inadvertently revealed her name and identity in the trial of the Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, the document says.
Later, she worked under mortar fire in Iraq -- while six months pregnant, wearing a flak vest specially designed to protect her unborn baby.
And even after she was indicted, she continued to work against Hezbollah, the sentencing memorandum says.
None of this was contested by the Department of Justice.
Yet prosecutors still “makes no apologies for the prosecution of Nada Prouty,” the Justice Department wrote in a statement to 60 Minutes. “She has no one to blame but herself.”
“The actions taken by the government to address her crimes were measured, appropriate and consistent with obligations to uphold the law without fear or favor,” the department maintained in the statement.
But what about its original hysteria? Do the prosecutors still believe “it’s hard to imagine a greater threat” than Prouty?
They're silent on that.
Justice should do the right thing, and follow the lead of the CI Centre, an organization of senior former FBI and CIA officers headed by David G. Major, a 24-year bureau counterintelligence veteran and former head of counterintelligence – that’s the people who are in the business of catching spies -- and pull in its horns.
If anyone should keep pointing a finger at Prouty, it’s Major, President Ronald Reagan's White House director of counterintelligence, intelligence and security programs.
But on Monday, prodded by Prouty’s lawyer Mark S. Zaid, Major deleted a piece from the CI Centre's Web site that characterized Prouty as a Hezbollah spy. Zaid said he's hopeful Fox News and other Web sites will do the same.
Prouty is as sorry as sorry can be, having lost her citizenship, her security clearances and the chance to keep battling terrorists in the world's nastiest back alleys.
“They take away from me the most precious thing, the thing that I believe in the most,” she told 6
And this is just the surface layer! Most people in these agencies don't do and wont go where Nada has gone. For the country that she loves and us. For us and this is what kills me! It's human nature to take for granted the luxuries we have in life and to wait until the last minute to do something. But when a opportunity arises to thank someone that has actually protected those rights for you do it. When something happens to someone that has protected you and those right's, stand up and do something about it. NOW is that time... the time is now... NOW....
BTW *C* I appreciate you so so MUCH!!! thank you this is great. I will share it everywhere.